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Barbara Monaco Colurciello - Class of 1962

Delete this post Submitted by Bill Norvell 1965 <> on 27/Nov/2020

  Barbara Genevieve Monaco Colurciello, 76, of Holly Springs, passed away on November 25, 2020, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Barbara was born on July 3, 1944, in Newburgh, New York, to the late Joseph and Florence Fabrizio Monaco. Barbara was a graduate of Newburgh Free Academy and spent her life dedicating herself to her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. Barbara was a faithful servant of God, and by her life’s work and her brave battle with illness, she was the epitome of grace and humility. On April 12, 1964, Barbara married the love of her life and best friend, Andrew. Together, they built a beautiful life and set an example of love and devotion to their family. Barbara loved caring for her family and friends, and always offered to help, even during her most trying moments. Barbara was a true matriarch and will live on in the hearts of all who loved her. She loved cooking and baking and making every holiday and celebration special with her creativity, dancing, making crafts and ceramics. She was a true historian with her knowledge of family history, outstanding memory, and wonderful sense of humor. under the care of Apex Funeral Home, NC.

Posted by Joseph Colurciello
It is with a heavy heart I make this post. As some of you know Heaven received another angel this week with the passing of my mom (Barbara Monaco Colurciello) early Wednesday morning. For those that didn’t know her, she was caring and strong, quick-witted and funny, and fought for what she believed in. She could put issues aside to help those when needed, and always did her best to stay with tradition down to the smallest of details. She could cook like no other, always ready to feed a small army at a moments notice. She loved her family and friends, but especially loved my dad. I learned a lot from her while growing up, but wasn’t able to appreciate it all until I was an adult. Some things that were second nature to me seemed unheard of to others, especially when it came to cooking, housework, or taking care of family. People would look at me and say you know how to do that? My usual response was, yes, my mom showed me. I will miss our daily conversations but I know she is in a better place, one that will provide her free of pain. I don’t have any photos to share because she never wanted her photo taken and would threaten you if you tried. But I will always remember her in my heart and mind. There is no doubt she is already with her family and friends who left us before, and I envision they all welcomed her into Heavens kitchen where she is probably already whipping up some big meals (because let’s be honest where else would Italians hang out for eternity). I miss and love you mom. No goodbyes, instead until we meet again....

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